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Dillinger (1945)

Approved | | Biography, Crime, Drama | 2 March 1945 (USA)
John Dillinger begins his life of crime as a petty thief, meets his future gang in prison and eventually masterminds a series of daring robberies.

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Marco Minelli (as Eduardo Cianelli)
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The rise of John Dillinger from petty criminal (including, unforgivably, holding up a cinema) via prison and bank robbery with his new convict associates to the accolade of Public Enemy Number One. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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$193,000 (estimated)

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$4,000,000 (USA)
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The first of four films made by Lawrence Tierney with director Max Nosseck. There was no love lost between them, however. In a magazine interview, Tierney said that he "hated" Nosseck. The feeling, as it turned out, was mutual. See more »

Goofs

Waiter brings three beers to Dillinger and Helen's table. Dillinger tells the waiter to sit down. At that time the waiter has his towel under his right arm. Next shot of him in the act of sitting he has the towel in his left hand. Third shot of him seated the towel is under his right arm again. See more »

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Helen Rogers: Who lives here?
John Dillinger: What do you care?
Helen Rogers: Well, I just like to know where I am.
John Dillinger: You're with me.
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Referenced in 'Reservoir Dogs' Revisited (2005) See more »

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Il Bacio
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Music by Luigi Arditi
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"Dillinger And His Big Plans!"
26 January 2002 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This lean, mean cheapo has all the virtues of economy. Lawrence Tierney is great in his impressive debut, ideally cast as the cold, humourless psychopath. In a little over an hour we get the complete biography, with the bad guy hero gunned down with seven dollars and twenty cents in his pocket, the exact amount with which he began his criminal spree.

The scene transitions are tight and efficient, and the story-telling terse and elliptical, giving us only the significant moments in this brief, violent life. No words are wasted when Pa Otto meets his end.

Dmitri Tiomkin provides his customarily excellent music. The lone wailing horn in the prison scenes captures superbly the despair of the inmates, as indeed does the unyielding regularity of the jail architecture.

Verdict - Less is more in this commendably spare gangster flick.


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